This post was updated 12/21/2018.
Anyone remember this cute guy? His name is Tiger and I ran a story about him in December 2017, titled Paralyzed Dog Would Love A New Family For Christmas. Well, last Christmas I was thrilled to tell you the paralyzed dog disowned by his family has a new home. Now that it’s Christmas time once again I decided to check in on Tiger. I wanted to see how he spent the year with his new pet mom and Chihuahua housemates. Here’s the update.
Sheila Choi, Founder of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF) took charge of Tiger’s care after he was abandoned. She and her team of volunteers worked hard to find him the best possible forever home.
A quick review of Tiger’s story
Tiger was brought to a veterinary hospital in Santa Monica, CA by his owners. He had suffered a slipped disc that required immediate surgery. The surgeon explained to Tiger’s family that it would take months for the little dog to recover. He also told them that even with surgery, the dog could remain paralyzed and incontinent. The family agreed for Tiger to have an extensive procedure called a Hemilaminectomy.
The surgery went well and Tiger was no longer in pain, but nine days later his family chose to abandon him. The feelings in his hind legs had not returned and they were faced with having to take care of a permanently disabled dog. His family wanted the veterinarian to euthanize him.
Tiger’s vet took matters into his own hands and contacted The Fuzzy Pet Foundation for help. The group took over custody and got a dog wheelchair from Eddie’s Wheels to keep him mobile. They took charge of his ongoing care. And while they focused on his rehabilitation, Sheila and others at TFPF hoped one day Tiger would find a new home.
Sheila explained what happened next
“After Tiger’s story made multiple news headlines, TFPF received an out of this world application from Julie, a former veterinary technician now currently a registered nurse (RN), in Atlanta, GA. She stumbled on one of the news links and clicked on it after seeing Tiger’s cute face. She read about his abandonment and his physical challenges, and knew she had the heart and skills to love and properly care for a paralyzed and incontinent dog.”
Here’s an excerpt from Julie’s e-mail that brought us to tears: ‘I would love to see Tiger reach his full potential. And, if he never changes, he is perfect the way he is. Medically I am prepared to handle whatever needs Tiger may have… He deserves a wonderful rest of his life filled with love and acceptance and dignity. I can offer all to Tiger.’
“Team TFPF packed our bags and winter gear to brave the unusually cold weather in Georgia. We hopped on the plane with Tiger and a suitcase full of diapers, blankets, and treats. We met Julie and her crew of Chihuahuas — all rescued, all gentle and beautiful, and all eagerly waiting to greet Tiger. Julie was in awe by Tiger’s cheerful disposition and his ability to move around with ease in his wheelchair. It was love at first sight! She couldn’t believe the same dog who pulled on her heartstrings via a news story would soon come to live with her… FINALLY!
Julie is thrilled to be taking him on this journey to reach his full potential.”
Here’s the 2018 update
Tiger is thriving in his new home. He loves his Chihuahua sisters, and has proven to be a sweet little dog for his pet mom. In the picture above he’s even sporting a new haircut.
Julie said she doesn’t let Tiger’s past haunt him and he doesn’t show any ill effects of being abandoned. She continues to take him to physical therapy at the state-of-the-art NGVS (North Georgia Veterinary Specialists) facility. And Tiger’s little legs are getting stronger every day.
He is a happy guy who’s favorite activity is to sniff and explore his backyard. Tiger is truly living the good life.